It was an awkward moment for Price Is Right fans, but contestant and comic Danielle Perez may turn her cringe-worthy appearance into stand-up material. She won a treadmill and walk-in sauna on the show Monday, but trouble is – she’s in a wheelchair.
After the embarrassing gaffe aired, Perez – who has taken the incident in stride – has gotten plenty of attention, and will even appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, ABC News Radio reported. She took to Twitter soon after the win to crack a few jokes about it.
She has been in a wheelchair since 2004 when she was in an accident; she doesn’t have feet. And while some found the prize offensively inappropriate, E! Online added, she thought it was hilarious, especially considering how awkward things got in the studio: Their long, tense silence was edited out, according to Hollywood Life.
This poor woman in a wheelchair just won a treadmill on Price is Right. pic.twitter.com/X5XnXFGw8A
— Chad Neidt (@chadneidt) May 5, 2015
“When they revealed the prizes the audience hesitated. There was a feeling of, ‘Oh no, they’re not really serious. They’re not gonna … put this woman through this.'”
But she wasn’t fazed. She was there to win, guessed the value of the treadmill and sauna ($3,695) correctly and spun the wheel on her own. Even though she can’t use the treadmill, she said “I had such a good time. But I was like, yes I want it! I don’t need it at all!”
In defense of CBS, which has been criticized for the unfortunate slip-up, the station insisted to CNN that “every member of the The Price is Right studio audience has a chance to be selected to play. Prizes are determined in advance of the show and are not decided based on the contestants.”
“I kept thinking that it was a really big joke. But there was no irony in their cheers or applause. Everyone at CBS seemed genuinely excited for me that I won.”
She had an idea of what to do with her treadmill, which she hasn’t received yet. And it’s what most people do – turn it into furniture, not exercise equipment. But she’s keeping it for sure, to remember her hilarious appearance on the Price is Right.
“At first I was going to sell it, but now with all of this happening, I kind of want to keep it to have as a memento. Maybe I could get Drew Carey to sign it for me. That’d be awesome.”
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